Security and eMMC

The JEDEC eMMC 4.4 specification added two variations to the basic erase command for data security. These were: Secure Erase - A command indicating a secure purge should be performed on an erase group.
Security | Posted In: Security
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Bootstrapping Linux from NAND Flash

We've received a bit of feedback on our Bootstrapping Linux from NAND Flash with FlashFX Tera and Reliance Nitrowhitepaper. Questions that have come up regarding this whitepaper include: "The sample project included in the whitepaper demonstrated booting from NOR rather than NAND, is it possible for the bootloader to reside in NAND?"
News||Linux | Posted In: News, Linux
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A Note on Customer Support

Occasionally we survey our recent customers to find out how their experience was with customer support. When I first began seeing responses, I was amazed at how positive they ALL were. Now, a few years later, I continue to see overwhelmingly positive comments regarding our customers' interactions with our support team - at this point I would be surprised to hear something negative!
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About Fragmentation

Do you need defrag? It mostly depends on your hardware and your use case. While defragmenting a file system can make the computer run faster, it's not the only answer.
Performance | Posted In: Performance
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CES Highlights

Our CEO Roy Sherrill visited CES last week and made note of a few trends that caught his eye. Here are his thoughts from the show floor: All-in-one Devices - Over the last few years, we self-described technology geeks have seen our phone morph into a camera, an MP3 player, an internet connection/email viewer, and about a hundred other functions spanning the range between the necessary and the ridiculous.
Consumer||News | Posted In: Consumer, News
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What is JEDEC, and how does it affect me?

EDEC, the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (see, is a group of manufacturers and suppliers collaborating to create specifications for Flash memory access and parts.
Technology | Posted In: Technology
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ONFI Announces EZ-NAND at FMS: OEMs Rejoice

Last week's Flash Memory Summit was a whirlwind of tutorials, announcements and networking, including a presentation by our very own CEO Roy Sherrill, but if you missed the announcement by ONFI (the Open NAND Flash Interface organization) that its new ONFI 2.3 specification will include the EZ-NAND protocol, take a few minutes to soak it in.
Technology||Performance | Posted In: Technology, Performance
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Datalight in Space Again with SpaceX Falcon 9 Project

Earlier this month (June 4th) SpaceX sent the Falcon 9 rocket on its maiden voyage from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a successful orbital insertion.
RTOS||News | Posted In: RTOS, News
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Datalight Chosen for Blackboard Campus Card Reader Systems

Blackboard is the standard-bearer for student ID systems around the world. Their contactless cards serve as campus ID, building access, and point-of-sale accounts for meals and other services, and are rapidly replacing the old magnetic stripe systems.
News||Windows Embedded | Posted In: News, Windows Embedded
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Booting Linux with Reliance Nitro & FlashFX Tera

Recently we developed a sample project to demonstrate how to boot Linux from flash on an embedded system. Booting NAND with a single (root) file system can be a challenge, even when using a NOR chip to initialize as this project did. So how did we do it?
Linux | Posted In: Linux
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